Friday: Arrived home off the red eye at around 7:30am. Straight into conference calls. I had a 30 minute window so I decided to try out my new dynamic rowing machine.
I struggled a bit with getting everything set up. My main problem was that the PM5 was trying to connect to a hr monitor that I was not wearing instead of the one that I was. That took some time to get fixed.
I did a 5 minute row, then a 3 minute row, and then I got stuff set for a final 12 minute row. I did the first 9 minutes at 175W, and then the last 3 at 225W.
Saturday: No training. Doing errands and chores all day. No time.
Sunday: Just an easy session to get used to the new machine.
- 3 x 20′ / 1′ rest
- 175 W
- No rate restriction
- HR cap at 155
It was hard work. The break through that I made before I went on the road for a week seems to have disappeared. I’m back to where I was a couple of weeks ago.
I wanted to get an idea of how this compared to rowing on the model D, so I matched it up with one of the 2×30′ sessions that I did a couple of weekends ago on the cape. I was similarly fatigued and jetlagged then.
Here is all the parameters compared on a time scale.
- Slightly higher power today.
- About 1 spm higher rate is where I settled today. I think 1 to 2 spm higher on the dynamic is probably about right.
- HR response nearly identical
- Peak and average force about the same, but the force ratio is lower on the dynamic (less efficient?)
- Drive length. Started shorter on dynamic, but eventually came close. I was surprised about this, I expected it to be consistently shorter without my bodies momentum carrying me into the catch.
- Work per stroke decreasing through the row.
- Drive speed, a much more noticeable difference. Significantly higher on the dynamic.
I might do a second session this evening, maybe a first cut at the CTC.